Fans of Game of Thrones know that what we see on screen is a very photogenic show. The women are beautiful, the wardrobes are sexy, and the scenes are stunning. It amounts to a plethora of shots that fans would blow up and put on their bedroom walls any day. For the most part, die-hard fans have seen all there is to see when it comes to Game of Thrones. Lately, however, we have been introduced to some new promotional shots and photos from Season 7 that might not have been caught by everyone yet. Above all else, we want to use this list as a celebration of the female cast members of Game of Thrones in all their beauty, as well as a look at the highly anticipated upcoming season.
Even though Game of Thrones has been one of the biggest platforms for actors for several years, it has received a fair amount of criticism about the way it depicts women. To a certain extent, this is understandable because there is plenty of nudity and s*x and the female body is shown off every chance the show gets. To be quite honest, we enjoy that side of the show and we’re happy that these incredibly gorgeous actresses have the opportunity to showcase their talents regardless of what they’re wearing or not wearing. The detractors who claim that the show indulges in pointless s*x clearly haven’t watched the show, so we won’t even entertain that discussion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the beautiful women from the show in some of the lesser-seen photos. Here is a list we call GoT Women: 15 Photos Every Die-Hard Fans Needs to See.
When it comes to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), there are a few photos available that have never been seen. We do, however, have some new shots from the Season 7 promotional materials. In a few different Game of Thrones Season 7 promos, including the picture above, we get a closer look at Dany’s new digs. The look is drastically different than we’ve ever seen before, now that she’s looking mighty warm and queen-like. We can combine this with the shot we got of her sitting on a new throne from the teaser trailer and assume that she’s finally made her way to her old family home on Dragonstone. Fans should get used to this new look because, now that winter has come, our favorite mother of dragons won’t be wearing the thin fabrics as often as she used to in the warmer climates of the east.
14. Margaery Tyrell
Prior to her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer had caught the attention of plenty in the industry with several excellent performances, specifically in period pieces. She has a look that’s unforgettable, due in large part to her unique smile. When asked about this trait, Dormer said, “I have an asymmetrical mouth. I have a naturally crooked smile. People call it a smirk, but it’s not, it’s just my natural smile with my lips closed.” Leading up to Season 6 of GoT, Dormer was part of a promotional campaign that generated some stunning photos of the actress like the one above. The other photo of her is from her film debut in Casanova. At that time, Dormer was in her early 20’s and apparently looked a lot like Elle Fanning.
13. Rosie Mac
In the photo above taken from the Game of Thrones set, we have the body doubles of (from left to right) Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Daario Naharis. Any self-respecting Game of Thrones fan and lover of beautiful things knows that Daenerys’ body double is Rosie Mac. Mac is made of the unicorn breath and pixie dust. She doesn’t quite make sense but we accept her for what she is—one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet. The life of a body double is usually one of anonymity, but Mac has become quite recognizable because of her breathtaking looks. This list would feel incomplete without a few behind the scenes photos of the one and only miss Mac, and those lesser humans.
12. Leaf And The Children Of The Forest
You could pause Game of Thrones at almost any moment and capture some beautiful still images, but we wanted to give some love to the makeup team from the show. They have done some truly amazing work bringing the many nonhuman characters to life. When it comes to female characters, maybe none look quite as good as the Children of the Forest. The one Child of the Forest that gets the most attention in GoT is Leaf (second from the left), played by Kae Alexander most recently. Up to this point in her career, Alexander is best known for the character of Leaf, though she has been in some decent shows. We wanted to mention her specifically and not only because the photo of the Children of the Forest is so amazing but also because we expect to see much more of her soon. Next year, she will appear as Reb in Ready Player One, which is setting itself up to be one of the year’s biggest films. It’s also nice to see the actress underneath all that makeup.
Sometimes, we have to stand up and take it upon ourselves to defend true beauty. Irri (Amrita Acharia), one of Daenerys’ handmaidens from early on in Game of Thrones, seems to be one of the forgotten beauties of the show. Because we’ve gone so long without her, and when we did see her, she was often dirty and dressed down, people tend to overlook how gorgeous she really was. Maybe you didn’t know what Acharia looks like in every day life. Well, now you do. You’re welcome. Also, bonus points for grabbing Daenerys’ boob.
10. Women In Power
Before last season, Entertainment Weekly produced a different cover for each of the six women above as well as some group shots, like the ones we’ve combined here. The two group shots both give us a unique look at six of the biggest female players in Game of Thrones. On one side, we have the three queens, Cersei, Margaery, and Daenerys. On the other side, the Stark women, Sansa and Arya, and their sworn protector, Brienne. We’ve included some of the individual pictures from this photoshoot in some other entrees as well, in case you haven’t seen them. Since each of these women have become megastars, we tend to get inundated with photos of them (it doesn’t hurt that they’re each so photogenic) but we thought these shots give a unique perspective since we have never seen all six of these women together during the show.
9. Talisa Maegyr
Talisa Maegyr, the character played by Oona Chaplin, has received a bit of press because she’s Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, but she’s often overlooked as a one of the best-looking women on Game of Thrones. There are reasons for this. For one, she wasn’t in the books, so the original fans of the story had a grudge against her from the start. Then, her death was almost entirely overshadowed by the other losses at the Red Wedding. But we’re not here to argue that she deserves to be considered one of the greatest characters in GoT. We do, however, want to argue that she’s one of the most beautiful.
8. Sansa And Arya
The love story between Sansa (Sofie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) is too difficult and too beautiful to capture in only a few photos and a quick write-up, but we needed to include a little taste of it. These two have been inseparable since day one and their friendship knows no bounds. Whether Sofie is adjusting Maisie’s boobs or just grabbing them, carrying her dress train at the Golden Globes, or just carrying Maisie, there is always plenty of love on display and much of it is physical. The new images of these two from Season 7 don’t tell us much about their characters except that it looks like Arya might still be revenge-hunting. It’s also possible she’s returned to Winterfell. As for Sansa, she looks like she’s adopted a toughness about her, as if she’s now decided it’s time to play rough. There’s also a symmetry between this scene with her and Littlefinger and a scene from Season 1 with Catelyn and Eddard Stark. We just love to see these two living on the show because it means that Turner and Williams will get to prolong their infectious and very public friendship for a little while longer.
While this image may not be the rarest of stills from Game of Thrones, few images are more pleasant to the human eye than Doreah (Roxanne McKee) teaching Dany how to please and control her husband. Doreah ended up betraying Daenerys and was killed for her treachery, but we forgive her. Prior to Game of Thrones, McKee had a recurring role on the British soap Hollyoaks, which earned her a bit of attention. She later would land the role of Queen Alcmene in The Legend of Hercules, a film that was truly terrible, but McKee looked as beautiful as ever.
6. Nymeria Sand
Nymeria Sand is one of the Sand Snakes, a trio of dangerous sisters who are all daughters to Oberyn Martell. So far in Game of Thrones, Nymeria has been present and recurring, but her role hasn’t quite taken off yet. It will, in the next season, so be prepared to see more of her. The actress, Jessica Henwick, isn’t a household name, but her career has blown up since she first appeared on GoT. Her first major film came with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which she played an X-Wing pilot. Most recently, Henwick portrayed Colleen Wing in Netflix’s Iron Fist. We thought we would include Henwick not only because Nymeria is really attractive, but we wanted to make the connection to Iron Fist. If you missed it, Finn Jones, the actor who plays Iron Fist was also in Game of Thrones as Loras Tyrell. Iron Fist is a GoT reunion.
The character of Ros, the sexy prostitute from the pilot episode played by Esme Bianco, has been the face of the “s*xposition” controversy on Game of Thrones. Since Ros’ character was kept in the show for a larger part, she became known for being the primary prostitute. The “s*xposition” talk comes from the criticism that GoT creators use nudity to make long-winded exposition bearable. For instance, the scene in which Littlefinger and Catelyn discuss potentially boring material, Ros and another women practice s*x with each other in the background. It gives the eye something entertaining to watch as the talk rambles on. Many critics have confused s*xposition with s*xploitation, suggesting that Bianco was exploited in some way. This is silliness and the actress is and should be proud of her role. Besides, Bianco is a lingerie model and neo-burlesque performer, so we doubt she minds showing off her body. If you missed Ros since Joffrey killed her, we suggest you give The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, her most recent film, a try. It’s hilarious and, as you can see in the photo above, she’s shown in a very flattering light.
4. Cersei Lannister
Cesei’s (Lena Headey‘s) new promo spot for Game of Thrones lets us know that the queen won’t be slowing down her heartlessness in the next season. Now that she’s got the Iron Throne, we expect that she’ll be even nastier than we’ve ever seen her. Fans of Headey’s body of work aren’t too shocked to see her play the villain. She’s done it before (Dredd) in various ways and she’s played strong women at nearly every turn, but we wanted to take a bit of a trip down memory lane and showcase one of Headey’s first roles in The Jungle Book. Headey plays Mowgli’s childhood friend, Kitty, which is a hilarious part when you compare it to Cersei. When she made that film in 1994, Headey was about 20 years old. If nothing else, it shows just how incredible Headey’s genes are and how the aging process can go perfectly sometimes.
3. Tyene Sand
When it comes to the Sand Snakes, the most memorable scene for many is the scene in which Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) seduces Bronn in the Dornish prison. It was here that we got to see a different side of Tyene, a side that we really loved. Well, recently, some photos have been leaked of Tyene and her mother, Ellaria (Indira Varma), on set in Croatia, which is said to be the set location of King’s Landing. This just confirms what we all already knew, Tyene and Ellaria are on their way to try and work their magic from right under the Lannister’s noses. Besides, photos of Tyene Sand are always welcome.
Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) started out as a small side character on GoT and has grown into one of the primary players on Daenerys’ team. Over the years, many of us have become familiar with Emmanuel’s work outside of the show and have realized that her looks have been understated perhaps more than any other character. Not that she isn’t attractive as Missandei, but Emmanuel is unimaginably gorgeous in real life, like stop-your-heart gorgeous. In the Season 7 set photos released from the Game of Thrones team, we see an even rougher-looking Missandei than we’re used to seeing. She looks like she’s been crying or hasn’t slept. She’s also wearing the broach worn by her lover, Greyworm, which might hint at some terrible things to come.
We know that turning the astoundingly sexy Melisandre (Carice van Houten) into the old crone that we were all shocked by in Game of Thrones, must have taken a team of wildly talented makeup artists. We get that the effort was intense and van Houten must have been blown away by it. But that scene happened a year ago. Why is van Houten posting a picture of the makeup process in April 2017? Well, we can guess. We can assume that the reason she is posting the process is because Melisandre, as we know her, the gorgeous, red-headed temptress, is probably gone for a while. Now that she’s been banished from the North, she will have to disguise her looks in order to stay near Jon Snow or at least, stop disguising her looks. Say goodbye to one of the most beautiful characters on TV. Let’s hope she’s not gone for good.